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Posts From The Road: Badlands National Park

on September 15, 2019 - 2:44pm
Overview: We entered the Badlands National Park at the eastern entrance, which is about 70 miles east of Rapid City, S.D. and just a short drive off of I-90. The Ben Reifel Visitors Center is near the entrance and is a good place to get park information and maps. Shown is a view near the visitors center as you begin the 39-mile loop drive through the park. Photo by Gary Warren/
Vivid Colors: In the late spring the grasses are still a lush green giving a pleasing contrast to the rugged rock pinnacles, buttes and mounds, which make up the park.

Cone Zone: Week Of Sept. 16, 2019

on September 13, 2019 - 11:14am


The Public Works/Traffic Division provides the latest updates on the following projects:

**Water Shut-Off Near NM502 Roundabout Project Next Wednesday Morning**

Weather permitting, water will temporarily be shut off for apartments and condominiums on Arroyo Lane 8 a.m. to  noon Wednesday, Sep. 18. Construction crews will be tying this neighborhood into the new water system in support of the N.M. 502 roundabout project.


Recently the County has received several complaints of speeding vehicles in or near School zones when children are

Crack Seal Project In White Rock Begins Monday

on September 12, 2019 - 8:35am

  • Crack Seal Project in White Rock on Rover Boulevard, Grand Canyon Drive and Bryce Avenue starts 8:30 a,m. Monday

GM Emulsion will start crack sealing Monday, Sept. 16 beginning on Rover Boulevard at N.M. 4 and continue toward Grand Canyon Drive. They will continue down Grand Canyon Drive starting at N.M. 4 to Meadow Lane. They also will work on Bryce Avenue, starting at Rover Boulevard to Meadow Lane.

Crews will work 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Weather permitting, work should be completed by Sept. 30. 

The contractor will set up a flagging operation allowing traffic to flow.

Benefit Motorcycle Ride To The Springs Sept. 14

on September 12, 2019 - 7:34am

NCRTD Garners Fourth Award For Excellence In Financial Reporting

on September 9, 2019 - 6:40pm


The North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) has received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its Fiscal Year 2018 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR), from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the United States and Canada.

This marks the third of the GFOA’s top national awards that have been bestowed upon the NCRTD this year and follows the Distinguished Budget Award for the FY 2019 Annual Budget and the award for Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting (PAFR).

This makes the District

Posts From The Road: Palms To Pines

on September 8, 2019 - 7:53am
Mountain Views: The Palms to Pines Byway leaves streets lined with palm trees in the Palm Springs area to the dry desert landscape when  crossing the mountains. The first signs of fall were spotted at a mountain stop as cottonwood trees along a stream begin to show their autumn colors. Photo by Gary Warren/
Idyllwild: The village of Idyllwild, Calif. sits on the western slopes of the San Jacinto Mountains and is surrounded by ponderosa pines at an elevation of 5,413 feet. The peaks in the area rise to almost 11,000 feet in  elevation. Photo by Gary Warren/

Cone Zone: Week Of Sept. 9, 2019

on September 7, 2019 - 4:48pm


The Public Works/Traffic Division provides the latest updates on the following projects:

Public Works/Traffic Division projects:

Diamond Dr Paving - San Ildefonso roundabout milling/paving may begin later this week

Residents and businesses along Diamond Drive can expect to see and hear activities related to road construction as Star Paving crews continue the asphalt milling and paving operations daily. Drivers are asked to be cautious when making turns out of side streets adjacent to the work zone, the contractor may be limiting access for left turns out of side streets.

On The Job In Los Alamos: NMDOT Road Crew

on September 4, 2019 - 8:06am

On the job in Los Alamos are crew members from the New Mexico Department of Transportation working Tuesday in a hole as part of the new roundabout project at Trinity Drive and Central Avenue. Photo by Jenn Bartram/

State Police Issue Some 1,700 Citations, Handled 37 Crashes, 11 Arrests In Labor Day C.A.R.E. Operation

on September 4, 2019 - 7:18am

NMSP News:

During the Labor Day holiday, the New Mexico State Police participated in the Combined Accident Reduction Effort (C.A.R.E.) operation across roadways within the state.

The goal of the traffic initiative is that a strong law enforcement presence will have a direct effect on the driving behaviors of motorists during the holiday weekend, reduce the number of crashes, and increase motorist safety.

NMSP provided an increased patrol presence during this initiative on roadways throughout all State Police districts.

Posts From The Road: A Day In Ranier

on September 1, 2019 - 7:17am

An information sign and large carving of a voyageur welcome visitors to the tiny village of Ranier, Minn. The town is situated on Lake Rainey and adjacent to the U.S. and Canadian border and Voyageurs National Park and just minutes away from International Falls, Minn. Photo by Gary Warren/

The views of Rainey Lake and the area were stunning as we walked around Ranier after checking in at the RV park. Shown is a small lighthouse and piers during the last light of the day.

Cone Zone: Week Of Sept. 2, 2019

on August 30, 2019 - 6:19pm


The Public Works/Traffic Division provides the latest updates on the following projects:

Public Works/Traffic Division projects:

Diamond Drive Paving:

Star Paving continues milling and paving operations after the Labor Day holiday this week. Motorists will continue to see daily lane drops for milling and paving operations in each direction as work advances toward the golf course. Residents and businesses along Diamond Drive in this area can expect to see and hear activities related to road construction.

Traffic Alert: Trinity Closure At DP Road Has Ended

on August 30, 2019 - 3:14pm


Star Paving announced at 2:45 p.m. today that the Trinity Drive closure at DP Road that has been in place the last two weeks to install infrastructure has ended.

The eastbound lane has been returned to the former detour we had before the closure; motorists can take Trinity Drive to 4th Street, then after a full stop, turn right onto N.M. 502 to leave Los Alamos.

No need for motorists to detour off Trinity Drive over to Central Avenue via 15th Street or Knecht for those leaving work this afternoon.

NMDOT Making Key Investments In Recreational Trails

on August 29, 2019 - 9:30am
SANTA FE The New Mexico Department of Transportation announced Wednesday, 25 communities across the state will receive approximately $32.2 million in federal funding for 37 transportation and recreational trails projects.
When leveraged with local dollars and in-kind services, the 37 projects selected from 70 applicants, represent more than $41 million in transportation and recreational investment over the next four years. 
The awards range from an $80,000 project in Los Alamos County to install flashing speed signs at all county schools, to $225,000 for critical

Zozobra-Related RTD Bus Stop Closures On 255 Mountain Trail Route Through Friday

on August 29, 2019 - 8:11am
RTD News:
Preparations for this week’s Zozobra will impact two stops on the RTD Blue Bus’ 255 Mountain Trail route from downtown Santa Fe into the Santa Fe National Forest.
The bus stop on Murales Road at Fort Marcy Park will be closed Wednesday, Aug. 28 through Friday, Aug. 30. The bus stop at Washington and Federal will be closed Friday, Aug. 30.
Riders are encouraged to utilize one of the other downtown stops.
Park and ride options can be found at the South Capitol Rail Runner station stop off Cordova Road.
For more information, call toll-free 1.866.206.0754 or visit

NMDOT: ‘Take A Ride On Us’ Labor Day Weekend

on August 28, 2019 - 7:09am
ALBUQUERQUE  The New Mexico Department of Transportation in continuing its work to ENDWI in the state, is partnering with Bernalillo County, the City of Albuquerque, Cumulus radio stations and Uber to support “Take a Ride on Us”.
An Uber credit of up to $10 will be offered in the Bernalillo County metro area over the Labor Day holiday weekend. State Transportation Secretary Michael Sandoval said. “Please take advantage of this opportunity to get home safely.”
The Labor Day “Take a Ride on Us” program begins at 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30 and runs through 3 a.m. Tuesday,

Traffic Alert: Diamond Drive Reduced To One Lane Wednesday – Allow Additional Travel Time!

on August 27, 2019 - 7:55pm

Traffic Alert:

Wednesday, Aug. 28, Diamond Drive will be reduced to one lane in each direction between Alabama Avenue and the First Baptist Church south of 39th Street.

This will work will continue through the end of week to repair settling issues that had previously occurred on the southbound lanes.

All lanes are expected to be reopened Friday by the end of the day.

Motorists are advised to allow additional travel time.

Pedestrian detours will be in place and bike lanes will be closed on Diamond Drive within the work zones. Bicyclists and motorists are asked to share the road.


State Police Announce Sobriety Checkpoints And Saturation Patrols Across New Mexico In September

on August 27, 2019 - 8:35am
NMSP News:
State Police will be conducting sobriety checkpoints; saturation patrols; and registration, insurance and driver's license checkpoints in all New Mexico counties during the month of September 2019.
We are bringing awareness to these events in an effort to reduce alcohol related fatalities through continued media attention and intensive advertising. These checkpoints are helping to change society's attitude about drinking and driving.
Hundreds of lives could be saved each year if every driver had the courage to make the right decision not to drink and drive.

NCRTD Labor Day Holiday Closure; 255 Mountain Trail And 800 Angel Fire To Operate

on August 27, 2019 - 8:24am
The North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) has announced that the RTD “Blue Buses” will not be in service Monday, Sept. 2, in observance of the Labor Day holiday.
The exception is the 255 RTD Mountain Trail to the Santa Fe National Forest and the 800 Angel Fire routes, which will operate that day.

Posts From The Road: Loneliest Road In America

on August 25, 2019 - 6:18am

Nevada Highway 50 is known as‘The Loneliest Road in America’. The road spans just over 400 miles across the state but travelers pass through only six towns. Three of those towns are located near the California border leaving only three small towns between Fallon, Nev. and the eastern border of Nevada, a distance of over 300 miles. Drivers travel more than 17 mountain ranges on the drive making it fell like a roller coaster with miles of straight road between passes. The route of the road follows the same path as the Pony Express during in the 1860s.

SFNF Issues Closure Order For Forest Road 376

on August 24, 2019 - 9:10am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) has issued a closure order for a segment of Forest Road (FR) 376 to accommodate work on a blocked culvert that poses a threat to public health and safety.

The closure order will be in effect today to April 1, 2020, unless it is rescinded earlier

The culvert is slated for replacement, but recent monsoonal weather patterns and the subsequent runoff and debris could lead to road failure and have made it an immediate public safety issue.

The restricted area on FR 376 begins at the gate north of the Gilman Tunnels and extends 4.7 miles

Los Alamos Police Department Conducts Traffic Enforcement Operation Through October

on August 23, 2019 - 10:31am
LAPD News:
Continuing through the month of October, the Los Alamos Police Department will conduct traffic enforcement, focusing on accident related violations.

Officers also will be on the lookout for impaired drivers and conduct random DWI checkpoints throughout the County during this time frame.

The public can help reduce the risk of vehicle crashes by adhering to posted speed limit signs, allowing enough room between them and the vehicle they are following and driving with caution when roadways are wet.

To report potentially impaired drivers, dial #D-W-I, or #-3-9-4. Citizens in

On The Job In Los Alamos: Paver Work On Diamond

on August 23, 2019 - 8:00am

On the job in Los Alamos is a crew working Thursday afternoon on the milling project near the 37th Street intersection on Diamond Drive. The south lane was stripped and a truck sprayed oil on the stripped lane. A large truck then poured asphalt into the main paver shown here, which heats and pours it on top of the oil. Finally, a huge, heavy roller vehicle (not shown) came through to smooth out any ‘wrinkles’. The workmen appeared to move with great speed and efficiency to complete their task. Photo by Stuart Schaller

Cimarron To Complete Scenic Byway Project

on August 23, 2019 - 7:25am
NMED News:
SANTA FE New Mexico MainStreet and New Mexico Resiliency Alliance announced that Cimarron Alive has received a $12,500 Resilient Communities Fund grant to support the completion of the Scenic Byway Trail project along U.S. 64.
The byway will include historical displays along five blocks that serve as a major tourist attraction and pedestrian access point between Cimarron’s New and Old Town sections.

Los Alamos Rotary Welcomes Youth Exchange Student

on August 22, 2019 - 8:26am

Rotary Club of Los Alamos President Phil Dabney presents Youth Exchange student Gabriel Dufal with a Rotary t-shirt earlier this week on Dufal's 16th birthday. Cottonwood on the Greens also provided birthday cake for the celebration during the Rotary meeting. Photo by Linda Hull

The Rotary Club of Los Alamos recently welcomed its new Youth Exchange student, Gabriel Dufal of Lyon, France. Dufal will attend Los Alamos High School during the school year and has already participated in several Rotary activities including riding on the Rotary Club's float in the Fair and Rodeo Parade and helping

New Mexico Transportation Commission Approves $50 Million In Statewide Roadway Improvements

on August 22, 2019 - 8:20am
SANTA FE The New Mexico Department of Transportation Commission has approved nearly $50 million in Local Government Transportation Funds to improve city, county and tribal roads across the state.
Forty-eight local entities and seven tribal entities throughout the state will see the projects begin in the spring.
Covering communities in every part of the state, the transportation infrastructure projects also include $5 million for safety improvements to U.S.